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This facility falsified my records, violated HIPPA, my civil rights and cost me more than $30,000 in property loss. The facility documented ALL of these things in my medical records. When they realized that they documented their negligence very precisely, they went back in a destroyed most off my records. Lawsuits pending- Not only against them , but their licensing agent- DCF. For doing the EXACT same thing. Shut this place down!!!!
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You guys are awesome. Love you guys! Thank you for all the help that you provided, I can see the whole world in a new point of view!
I liked it so much, I wish I could stay but I understand it’s time to face the real world.
I love this place and people are awesome. Thank you for everything.
"We wanted to let you know how much we appreciate you all, and how much you helped our son. You all played a significant part and didn’t give up on him even when it was really tough. Thank you for loving him even when he wasn’t very lovable! He has strong resolve to stay away from negative influences. He is excited about his future.We all had a few emotional ups and downs, but it has been good. He really desires to communicate with us now. Thank you all once again for what you have done."
Things have calmed down around here and we are getting back into the family routine. It is wonderful to have Brook home! She is her old self – happy, silly and sober – but with new self-confidence and self-assurance. She is attending NA or AA meetings regularly, and she is about to move on to step 4. The friends she is making now are all sober and mostly male! It’s funny – all the boys have discovered Brook is home and looking great! A great many of her old friends have straightened up this past year, so they are sharing experiences and working to keep each other on track. She is fitting back into the family very well. She and her sister have declared a truce for now. Charlie is glad to have Brooke back, and they are enjoying each other’s company. Brooke actually gives out hugs now and then, and this especially pleases her dad. I have noticed that when a problem does come up, Brooke deals with it openly, without first blaming herself or others – a major breakthrough. Charlie and I really enjoyed our trip to Escalante! He sends his ‘hellos’ to all. I will send along some photos in the near future. The pictures of Brook’s graduation ought to be wild and crazy! We had such a good time that night. It was worth the 2,000 mile trip to get that good southern cooking! How can I thank you enough for setting my child’s feet back on the right path? Brooke wants to do the right thing now. She wants to grow and cooperate and learn! It’s wonderful! She is living proof that the Turn-About Ranch program works. And she has wonderful memories of her experiences and friends in Utah to last her a lifetime. Thank you for everything! We’ll be in touch.
I would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to Turn-About Ranch and to share our story in hopes that it may be of help to another child and his or her family. For about 2 years our lives were like a living hell on earth with every waking moment full of worry for the life our son. He was headed for a life of despair for sure, and we were seriously afraid for his life. After hearing about Turn-About Ranch, we decided to give it a try. It was definitely the hardest decision we had to make but we had to do something. After just a few weeks, it seemed that we had made the right decision; we began to see that our son was making progress. There were many issues that not only our son had to deal with, but our whole family as well. Turn-About Ranch was able to help all of us begin to deal with those issues. The staffs were readily available at all times and made our son begin to feel good about himself, something we hadn’t seen in years. With the beautiful and natural surroundings our son learned to appreciate life. He gained respect and learned how to be thankful for all that there is in life. Turn-About Ranch is a very special place, one that we will always be forever grateful that we found. The program is truly a gift of life to everyone who becomes a part. Our son is home now and doing better than we ever could imagine. He takes pride in what he does as well as initiative in his responsibilities. He smiles and laughs and works hard. He even enjoys spending time with his family. As parents of four children, there aren’t words to express the gratefulness we feel to Turn-About Ranch. May God bless each and every one of you in all that you do. If ever we can be of help please don’t hesitate to call on us.
At seventeen, our daughter, Christi, was a rebellious, argumentative, lying, stealing, sneaking, manipulative, disrespectful, and confused teenager who had turned to alcohol as a means to handle her corrupted life. The counselors were telling us we were doing everything right. We thought, if we are doing everything right, why is everything going so wrong? We realized we needed to find intense, round-the-clock therapy to help Christi turn her life around. We chose Turn-About Ranch. Christi stayed at Turn-About Ranch for eighty days. At first she felt (quote from Christi) 'massive amounts of aggression' for being sent to the ranch. As time went on she began to realize why she’d been sent to the Ranch, that because of her actions she had lost every privilege she ever had, and how much she had hurt her family. She developed a desire to get her life and relationships straightened out. The staff helped her work through all her issues, taught her how to handle situations constructively, and taught her leadership skills. Coming home was a hard adjustment for Christi, but as she met situations and people, the principles and skills she’d learned at the Ranch enabled her to make the right choices. The parenting classes we participated in helped us understand why she behaved as she did. They also helped us to begin the healing process of developing a new relationship with Christi, talking through the hurt and pain of her actions and helping us understand what our responsibilities were as parents. It was a wonderful experience for the whole family. Today Christi is a happy, well-adjusted teenager who respects us as parents and understands that there are rules to follow. Without Turn- about Ranch she realizes that she was on a dead-end road. Now she looks forward to a bright future as she attends college and holds a full-time assistant manager position.
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Drug abuse and addiction is a public health issue with serious consequences. From prescription drugs to cocaine, inhalants and marijuana, illicit substances have affected nearly every community and person in some way. But what exactly is drug abuse and how do people seek treatment for this disease?
Making the decision to seek help for drug addiction is a huge step toward improving your health and overall wellness, as well as that of your family and community. But where do you start? There are many options.
Attend a Rehabilitation Program: There are a plethora of rehab options available to people who abuse drugs. You should be able to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle. For a very intensive treatment, try an inpatient rehab program at a facility that is well-versed in addressing long-term addiction. These organizations provide a place for you to stay while you go through withdrawals, as well as medical assistance if it is needed. Drug rehab facilities offer therapeutic programs such as cognitive behavioral therapy to help users address the problems that may drive them to drug use. You'll also be surrounded by others in similar positions who are looking to stop using and seek support, which can be very helpful and inspiring.
1. Intake Process: Every person beginning an inpatient rehab program will go through an intake process. This involves a physical exam from a doctor and a mental exam from a therapist or psychiatrist. These professionals note any mental conditions, like bipolar disorder and depression, as well as physical issues, such as chronic fatigue or multiple sclerosis, which may be affected by drug use. New patients are usually searched to ensure they do not bring any drugs to the facility on their person or in their belongings. Once a patient has undergone the intake process, they will likely not be allowed to have visitors or even talk with friends and family over the phone for a few days. This promotes focus on recovery without distractions. Each facility is different, but after a few days or weeks, patients are typically allowed to make phone calls and receive visitors.
2. Detox: The first week of inpatient drug rehabilitation is often spent detoxing. Most facilities do not host many classes or require users to attend functions at this time, as it is instead spent dealing with the emotional and physical consequences of coming down from drug use. Long-time users may experience intense symptoms such as temporary blackouts, memory loss, depression, irritability, unpredictable mood swings, headache, insomnia, anxiety, nausea and more. Most patients just entering rehab find their first few days are some of the most difficult as they must completely adjust their habits and mindset, all while going through complex bodily symptoms. Physicians supervise this time of withdrawal to address any symptoms that require medical attention. After you have completed the detox phase and there is no more trace of drugs in your body, you will likely begin attending group and individual therapy sessions.
3. Therapy: While in drug rehabilitation, you don't simply stay away from the substance that you've become addicted to. Instead, you will spend your time learning about what triggers your abuse, and how to address urges and make amends. You will also likely attend group therapy sessions where you and other addicts can share your experiences and learn from one another under the supervision of a therapist or psychiatrist. Being in the presence of others who are learning how to restructure their lives after drug abuse can be very helpful. Knowing you're not alone is a huge step, plus you may be able to turn to those in similar situations for advice.
4. Reintegration: Eventually you will need to leave the safety and routine of your inpatient rehabilitation program and return to regular society. This comes with a lot of risks, as you may interact with situations and individuals that triggered your drug use. Before you leave a drug treatment program, you will learn skills to cope in the real world that don't involve turning to drugs. You might learn to walk away from certain individuals or not go to particular places where you formerly used to go. You may also return to the inpatient program facility for outpatient counseling. This helps many drug users to reintegrate into society and still maintain some source of assistance by going to daily or weekly therapy sessions.
Consider an Outpatient Program
Outpatient programs offer similar assistance to inpatient options such as therapy sessions and counseling, but the patient sleeps in his or her own home and is not confined to the rehabilitation center. Some patients prefer this option because it resembles some form of normality and allows them to potentially work and partake in family activities. It is important to note, though, that a person may require more serious, constant treatment than these outpatient programs can offer. If you are considering seeking treatment for drug addiction, discuss these possibilities with your doctor. He or she will help you decide what program is right for you.
Painkillers and Therapy
Some drug users who have been abusing pain medications like Oxycontin or morphine require pain relief but must find it in other ways than potentially addictive drugs. To address this issue, some people receive methadone, a synthetic narcotic. Individuals in inpatient or outpatient programs may use methadone, as can people who are not seeking any formal treatment but are trying to stop abusing painkillers. Your doctor may prescribe a methadone treatment plan if you have chronic pain issues and are recovering from addiction. Methadone can be given intravenously, via a tablet or as a dispersible. Use of this medication is carefully monitored as it can cause respiratory issues when you first begin or anytime you up your dosage. If you are concerned that you may be abusing prescription painkillers, talk to your physician about Methadone and other options like Suboxone or Narcan.
Working With a Sponsor
Similar to alcoholism treatment, some former drug users require assistance from sponsors. These individuals are often previous addicts themselves or have experiences as therapists or psychiatrists. They meet with patients regularly and are often available at a moment's notice to talk when an individual is feeling vulnerable and triggered. Sponsors can offer help when you need them the most and provide a firm sense of accountability.
To go through treatment successfully, it's important to find the right facility for you. To do so, first talk with your doctor. A physician can determine how severe your addiction is, which will help you decide if you want to try inpatient or outpatient treatment. He or she can also consider any withstanding health issues such as psychiatric conditions that should also be factored into your decision.
Next, check out facilities and programs that offer treatment for the substances that you abuse. Attending a program that is specific to your drug of choice will make your treatment much more likely to be impactful and successful. Look into potential facilities and learn about their drug policies. Some provide certain users with medications like Valium and Xanax to counteract symptoms of distress associated with alcohol or drug withdrawals. You may not want to attend such programs if you fear that you may instead become addicted to these substances or if you have ever had issues with abusing these medications in the past.
You should also note what potential programs to turn to during drug cravings. Some offer excellent nutrition and wellness plans that use healthy eating and exercise to reduce the physical and psychological want or need for a substance. Learning this coping skill is imperative to transitioning back into society, as you will be better prepared to face cravings once you are no longer in drug abuse treatment.
Some treatment programs promote quick sobriety through seemingly impossible means, such as herbal supplements or religious affiliation. When choosing a treatment facility, be wary of questionable claims like, "Shake your drug addiction in one week!" If the advertising sounds too good to be true, the program could potentially be a scam. Instead, look for organizations that include approval and certification from real doctors and health care providers. If a well-known drug abuse therapist or hospital recommends a clinic, for example, it is much more likely that you will have a successful treatment experience there.
Finances are another major part in your treatment program choice. Some facilities accept health insurance like United Healthcare, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Humana and Medicaid. To learn what options are financially feasible for you, call your insurance provider and ask about any programs with which they are connected. Many carriers support in-state assessment, detox and outpatient treatment. Some also partially cover residential or inpatient treatment.
Because drug addiction is considered a disease, major health insurance providers must treat it like any other chronic condition that requires medical treatment. Make a call to the member services phone line at your insurance company and they can explain both in-network and out-of-network coverage for addiction and drug abuse treatment. Be sure to inquire about co-pays and deductibles so you don't receive a surprise bill months after you start a program. If you don't have insurance, you may be able to find outpatient programs like Narcotics Anonymous that offer counseling and meetings for patients at no cost.
Drug Abuse Facts
Every illegal use of a drug, from prescription medications to a hit of methamphetamine, creates an addiction risk for the user. One single dose of a club drug, for example, can cause long-term cognitive damage because it changes the chemical makeup of the brain. It is not always the substance that leads to a label of drug abuse. Instead, it is the nature in which the substance is used. For example, you may break a bone and require surgery. You will likely be prescribed some painkillers to promote healing in your body and make you more comfortable. If, however, you find that the medication creates feelings of euphoria so you pretend you need the drug longer than you do in order to get more pills, that is considered drug abuse. It doesn't matter that you have a prescription and the substance is technically legal.
Helping Your Family Cope
You are not the only one affected by your drug abuse. You family and friends may also appreciate going to therapy to learn how to cope with your addiction. Many people attend support meetings or join groups to mingle with others who are close to drug addicts to provide emotional assistance. When you go through treatment, those close to you must also learn to change their mindsets and behaviors to address these changes to the new you. Many patients have to stop associating with some former friends in order to stay away from illicit substances and avoid situations that may trigger drug abuse. Starting a hobby is a good way to meet new people outside of these social circles once you've received treatment.